Archive for November, 2010

Officer Election for 2011-2012

The ballot is now open, and closes on December 23, 2010.  Most of you will have received an email notice inviting you to vote.  We have 38 members who have registered their email address with IEEE, but have requested no email from IEEE!  We have an additional 59 members with registered email addresses, who allow email from IEEE, but have requested no election email.   This posting is for these 97 members, and also for those who filter and delete our email:

The Section is using vTools electronic balloting for this election.

To vote, you will need the Username and Password from your IEEE Web Account.

If you do not have a Web Account,  you need to create an account by navigating to, click on the “Update/create WQeb Account” link located on the right-hand side of the page in the box labeled “Member sign in”, and follow the instructions.

To access the ballot:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click on the “Please log in” link
  3. Enter your Username and Password of your IEEE Web Account into the dialog box and click OK.
  4. You should now be viewing the List Ballots page.
  5. Find the ballot named “Cincinnati Section Officer Election for 2011-2012”.
  6. In the Action column, click on the “Vote” link.
  7. You should now be viewing our Ballot.
  8. You may vote for any and/or all five positions by clicking on the check-box next to the candidate’s name, or by entering the name of a write-in candidate.
  9. When you are ready to cast your ballot, click the “Vote” button at the bottom of the page.
  10. You will be given an opportunity to edit your ballot, and finally you click the “Complete” button.

November 23rd, 2010

2011 IEEE Computer Society Simulator Design Competition

IEEE Computer Society is presenting the 2011 Simulator Design Competition for students worldwide with a top prize of 8,000 USD and a second place prize of 2,000 USD. Student teams will be invited to design a CPU simulator, a programused in many architecture courses to illustrate how computers work.
The competition requires that students have taken a course in architecture and have both programming and software engineering skills. Student teams will
submit both a report and a working program at the end of the competition.  Who can compete?  The competition is open to student members of the IEEE Computer Society
organized into teams consisting of three to five students enrolled at the sameinstitution of higher learning.  The competition is conducted through online submission of reports and simulators to the panel of international judges (chosen by the IEEE Computer Society).  This year’s judges include Bob Colwell, one of the world’s leading experts on
computer design and Intel’s former chief architect on the Pentium 4 processor.
To register and for more information visit the competition web site at:
Registration deadline is 18 January 2011


November 18th, 2010

December 2010 Section Meeting Information

IEEE Annual Christmas Party

DATE: Thursday, December 2, 2010
PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)
TIME : 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
COST:    $15 per person

MENU SELECTIONS:   Roasted Turkey & Dressing, Baked Ham with Pineapples, Couscous Stuffed Green Peppers, Sweet Potato Casserole, Scalloped Potatoes, Seasoned Green Beans, Cranberry Relish, Dinner Rolls and Butter, Chef’s Choice Dessert

LOCATION:  Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS:  Please email Fred Nadeau for reservations at (preferred) or call the Section Voice Mail at 513-629-9380 by Noon, Tuesday, November 30, 2010 if you plan to attend. Please leave your Name, IEEE Member Number, and a daytime telephone number.

PE CREDITS: Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required documentation will be available following the meeting!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.


IEEE Christmas Party and Re-Gift Auction


 This year’s theme is gaming and auction:
Please bring a wrapped, gently used, unwanted item from your garage, basement or home.
[Re-gifting opportunity]
Item qualification:
1. Cannot be newly purchased.
2. Should have potential for someone else.
3. Clean  (literally and figuratively)
4. One per person
Pre Dinner Gaming:
 In exchange for each donated, wrapped gift, each person will be given $1000 in IEEE funny money.
Pre dinner games will help you increase your winnings for the Auction.Post Dinner Auction
Gift Bidding:  Using the money you won earlier in the evening, you can bid on any of the wrapped gifts.

Questions: Laurie Tappel

November 5th, 2010

November Section News

IEEE Cincinnati Elections
Nominations are now closed.  Election information will be available later this month.

November 5th, 2010

November Membership News

If you are interested in upgrading your membership to Senior Member, please contact any member of the Executive Committee.

The following individuals are IEEE members who are new to our Section:

Nicholas Adams
Benjamin Buelow
Nathan Chandler
Pete Darge Jr.
Matthew Elliott
Chunsheng Fang
Nicole Fenyo
Mark Hageman
David Hansen
Christopher Herlinger 
Jason Heyl
A Kran
Michael LaGue
Julius Lagus
Ian Larkin
Alex Martin
Ronald Matlock
James McNay
Kevin Newbold
Divyachapan Padur 
Evan Risley
Douglas Rose
David Shaw
Raquel Smith
William Temple
Aaron Van Camp
Renee Webb
Minlu Zhang

We wish to welcome these members to the Cincinnati Section!!!

November 5th, 2010

November 2010 History

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering from the Past
Submitted by Marc Bell, Editor

Copyright 1996 IEEE. Reprinted with permission from the IEEE publication, “Scanning the Past” which covers a reprint of an article appearing in the Proceedings of the IEEE Vol. 84, No. 12, December 1996.

Reginald A. Fessenden and the Origins of Radio

Ninety years ago this month, an experimental radio transmitter (Fig. 1) located in Brant Rock, MA, and operated by Reginald A. Fessenden, broadcast a brief program of voice and music on Christmas Eve and again on New Year’s Eve. The transmitting station employed a radio-frequency alternator constructed for Fessenden by the General Electric Company and was picked up by shipboard operators as far away as the West Indies. As a well-known pioneer in radio communications, Fessenden became a strong advocate of continuous-wave radio as an alternative to spark systems and he opposed excessive government regulation of the emerging industry. A prolific inventor, he introduced a number of important technical innovations and was awarded the Medal of Honor of the Institute of Radio Engineers in 1921.
The son of an Episcopal minister, Fessenden was bornpicture1_nov-2010.jpg
in 1866 in East Bolton, Quebec, Canada. He graduated from Trinity College School and continued his education at Bishop’s College while teaching mathematics at Bishop’s College School. He then taught for two years at Whitney Institute in Bermuda before moving to New York City in 1886 where he worked as a tester for the Edison Machine Works on electric power distribution systems. In 1887, he joined the research staff at Edison’s new laboratory facility in West Orange, NJ, and worked there for about three years. He also worked for the United States Electric Company and for the Stanley Electric Company before accepting an invitation to teach electrical engineering at Purdue University in 1892. The following year, he joined the engineering faculty at the Western University of Pittsburgh where he taught and did research for the next seven years.
Fessenden and some of his more advanced students undertook research relating to wireless communication and he presented a paper on “the possibilities of wireless telegraphy” at a meeting of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers in November 1899. He also proposed an “electrostatic doublet” theory of atoms in solids and used it in an attempt to link data on atomic volume and spacing to properties of materials such as cohesion and elasticity. In 1900 he published a paper in the Physical Review concerning fundamental theories of matter, electricity, magnetism, and the ether.

                                                                             picture2_nov-2010.jpgFessenden gave up his academic position in 1900 to accept an offer from the United States Weather Bureau to develop a wireless network for communication with weather stations. It was during this period that he invented the liquid barreter as a wave detector which proved more sensitive and reliable than the coherer detector. The barreter employed a thin platinum wire immersed in a cup of nitric acid as a rectifier of high-frequency signals. Fessenden also conceived the heterodyne radio receiver which employed a local oscillator to mix with incoming signals.
The Weather Bureau project proved unsuccessful but, in 1902, Fessenden persuaded two Pittsburgh financiers to invest in a new firm known as the National Electric Signaling Company (NESCO) to develop wireless communication commercially. The broadcasts from Brant Rock in December 1906 were part of an effort by NESCO to publicize and market the wireless system developed by Fessenden and his assistants. Fig. 2 shows part of the transmitting control apparatus while Fig. 3 is a photograph of the antenna and supporting structure used to transmit the broadcast. The Christmas Eve program as recounted by Fessenden consisted of:
. .. first a short speech by me saying what we were  going to do, then some phonograph music Then came a violin solo by me . . . which I sang one verse of, in addition to playing the violin, though the singing, of course, was not very good. Then came the Bible text, Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will, and we finally wound up by wishing them a Merry Christmas and then saying that we proposed to broadcast again on New Year’s Eve.  Fessenden mentioned that he had been unable to persuade any of his colleagues to play music, sing, or talk and “consequently had to do it all myself.”
Following disputes over marketing strategy with his financial backers, Fessenden terminated his connection with NESCO in 1911 and it soon went into receivership. He did some consulting work for the Submarine Signal Company during World War I and invented a sonic depth finder. He became involved in protracted patent litigation with the Radio Corporation of America during the 1920’s which culminated in an out-of-court settlement which enabled him to retire to Bermuda. Late in life, he became interested in ancient accounts of the lost continent of Atlantis and authored a treatise entitled “The Deluged Civilization of the Caucasus Isthmus.” He died in 1932 at age 65.
James E. Brittain


Fig. 3. Fessenden was responsible for the design and erection of this tower at the NESCO station in Brant Rock. It was a cylindrical steel tower 440 ft high, insulated at the base and with four horizontal arms, each 80 ft long, at the top. (Photo courtesy of The Smithsonian Institute).

November 5th, 2010


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Washington, DC 20036-4910

DHS Officials to Discuss Research Directions, Responding to National Emergencies at IEEE Homeland Security Conference

WASHINGTON (2 November 2010) — U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials Drs. Starnes Walker and Robert Griffin will kick off day three of the IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 10) as featured speakers. Walker, director of research for the DHS Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), will discuss DHS research directions, provide examples of current research initiatives and address the directorate’s strategic plan and realignment. The directorate is DHS’ primary research and development arm.Griffin, S&T director of first responder programs, will talk about harnessing science and technology to respond to national emergencies. He came to DHS in August after a 20-year career in local government as a senior leader and first responder.Walker will speak on Wednesday, 10 November at 8:30 a.m., with Griffin to immediately follow. HST 10 is scheduled for the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass., USA, 8-10 November 2010. For more information, visit or contact Bob Alongi at or 781-245-5405.HST 10 will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation. It will showcase selected technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in four tracks: cybersecurity; land and maritime border security; counter-WMD techniques, and critical infrastructure and key resources physical security; and attack and disaster preparation, recovery and response.An invitation-only track, featuring business development and user experience, will help invitees learn about business opportunities and user’s needs and requirements.HST 10 is produced by IEEE with technical support from DHS S&T and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. IEEE-USA is providing organizational support. Raytheon is the event platinum sponsor.For a short history of the conference, see

IEEE Green Technologies Conference Technical Paper Deadline Extended

WASHINGTON (2 November 2010) — IEEE Green Technologies Conference organizers have extended the deadline for technical papers to Monday 15 November. Papers are requested on topics related to current and emerging renewable energy sources and energy-reduction technologies. Accepted papers will be presented during the third-annual conference, 14-15 April 2011, at the Hilton Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. They will also be published in a conference proceedings CD and available through the digital library IEEE Xplore.Contributed papers, particularly in the following areas, are solicited:— Energy generation and storage technologies, including nuclear, wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass, energy harvesting and storage— Energy usage reduction and conservation, including energy management, planning and forecasting, home and commercial automation, innovative HVAC and lighting— Architectural and engineering sustainable designs, including strategies for sustainability, performance evaluation, use of green building components and system management

— Environmental, legal, social, economic and political impacts, including emerging standards for renewable and reduced carbon emission energy sources, safety and technologies for developed and underdeveloped countries

— Smart Grid communication and control, including evolution and integration of renewable and reduced emission energy sources

— Environmental protection, including oil spill prevention and control

To submit a paper, go to, log in and use “GTC’11.” Submissions must describe original work not previously published or currently under review for publication in another conference or journal. Instructions can be found at  
( The paper template is accessible at
Papers must be submitted by 15 November. Authors will be notified by 20 January 2011 whether their papers are accepted. For questions regarding paper submissions, contact technical program chairs Dr. Jorge Aravena at or Dr. Hsiao-Chun Wu at for seminars and special sessions are also welcome and can be sent to Aravena at INFORMATION:The second IEEE Green Technologies Conference was held in Grapevine, Texas, in April. For an overview of the event, see  Because of increasing concerns about fossil fuel costs, supplies and emissions, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are more closely examining the commercial viability of renewable energy sources. The 2011 conference aims to look at solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, hydro and biomass technologies, among others, as well as alternative vehicle power sources such as fuel cells, gasoline and liquid natural gas electric hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.The 2011 IEEE Green Technologies Conference is sponsored by IEEE Region 5, the IEEE Baton Rouge Section and IEEE-USA, and supported by Louisiana State University and the city of Baton Rouge.IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 210,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE. Chris McManes IEEE-USA Public Relations Manager Phone: 1 202 530 8356

November 5th, 2010


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